Kim Challis Named As Incoming Chair of West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group  

Regional Managing Director of APCOA will be taking up the role of Chair at the West London Corporate Leaders' Action Group...

West London Business has announced that Kim Challis, Regional Managing Director of APCOA UK & Ireland, will imminently take up the role of Chair of the West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group (CLAG). 

Kim Challis is currently Chair designate of CLAG and will be taking the helm from 1 June 2024.  She succeeds former Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye. 

CLAG was created in June 2021 to formulate business-led actions to respond to the significant economic contraction West London faced as a result of the pandemic, aligning with and complementing the work driven by local authorities in the West London Alliance (WLA) and other partners across the sub-region. 

The initiative, which formally launched in March 2022 at the Capital West London Growth Summit, is coordinated by West London Business (WLB) and supported by the West London Alliance. The group focuses on four workstreams: Recruitment and skills; Place and identity; Net Zero and infrastructure; and Innovation and growth. 

Speaking about her appointment, Kim Challis, Regional Managing Director for APCOA’s UK & Ireland and Chair designate of CLAG, said: “I am hugely excited about taking on the prestigious role of Chair of West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group. I look forward to meeting with other corporate WLB members engaged in the work of the West London Corporate Leaders’ Action Group to tackle the challenges we face within the area, and devise the actions we can take together to drive improvement for those in our local communities.” 

Shanker Patel, Chair, West London Business, added: “I am delighted that Kim will step up to Chair CLAG from 1 June, succeeding John Holland-Kaye.  Kim has taken an active approach to Social value in APCOA UK, leading their work to increase opportunities to develop women and young talent by thinking differently about how the company recruits and markets itself.  

“With the right support of Government, West London is exceptionally well placed to drive economic growth in the years ahead with leading corporates collaborating to share best practice. There is a lot of good collaborative work going on locally in West London, but some real risks too: the March 2025 funding cliff edge for key skills and economic development programmes supported by the UKSPF, and the labour market squeeze caused by overly restrictive immigration rules that came into effect on 1 April. 

“Infrastructure investment is desperately needed.  CLAG members will work together to ensure that Government, National Grid and SSEN urgently address energy capacity constraints.  We will also continue to champion the West London Orbital (WLO) rail scheme which is incredibly good value for money bringing passenger services to a barely used freight line that links Brentford FC to Brent Cross via Old Oak Common.” 

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